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ISLAMABAD: The Oil and Gas Regulatory Authority (OGRA) has issued the notification citing inflation in petroleum prices here late on Tuesday, Geo news reported while the increased prices will be applicable with effect from Wednesday July 1, 2009.

According to OGRA press release, the petrol price stands at Rs62.13 with an addition of Rs5.92; hi-speed diesel Rs62.65 with an addition of Rs6.94 while light diesel oil is Rs54.94 with an addition of Rs6.94.

The new prices will be applicable from today (Wednesday), July 1, 2009, notification said.


WASHINGTON: US President Barack Obama’s honeymoon period has probably finished, since two new surveys suggested that the Americans are gravely concern over his policy.

A poll jointly conducted by news two publications here showed that the US President’s popularity went down from 61% in April to 56%. Furthermore, the majority of the respondents (58%) want more changes capable of trimming the deficit, even if it may take longer for the recovery of the US economy.

Seven in Ten Wary of His Interventions in Economy

Almost 70% of those surveyed said they were concerned over the federal government’s intervention in economy, healthcare and social security and Obama’s rescue of General Motors.

The poll found that just 37%t of Americans thought Obama had taken on too many issues, while 60% said he was fighting on many fronts because the country faced many pressing problems.

In the meantime, the Republicans’ popularity has received a heavy blow, since only 28% of the people gave them a positive rating.

Both polls demonstrated the majority’s opposition to Obama’s decision to shut down the Guantanamo detention centre for suspected terrorists.

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THRAN: Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Friday demanded an end to street protests over last week’s disputed presidential election, siding with declared winner Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

Making his first public appearance after daily demonstrations against the results, he ruled out any major fraud in the election and warned that defeated candidates would be held to account over any renewed violence on the streets.

“The people have chosen whom they wanted,” Khamenei said in a sermon at the main weekly prayers in Tehran.


LAHORE: At least thirty children were found chained from a train, bound to Karachi from Lahore, here on Friday, Geo news reported.

According to sources, the offense came to be known when a child, in a bid to flee, jumped from the train near Samasatta area who was later identified as Noshad aged 9 a resident of Lodhran.

Noshad revealed that children aged under 10 were held captive in a compartment while children aged over 20 were separately detained in another compartment of train.

He told that their parents sent them to fetch brick mold when three persons made them unconscious meanwhile, sources said they were being kidnapped for beggary.

General Manager Railways said police have commenced checking at different railway stations while this attempt of children’s abduction seems to be an inside job of railway employees.

LONDON: India and New Zealand will face each other in the first ICC Women’s World Twenty20 2009 semi-final at Trent Bridge on Thursday.

The White Ferns, who were losing finalists in the ICC Women’s World Cup in March in Australia, start favourites to make the final at Lord’s after carrying their good form to Taunton with three convincing wins.

New Zealand, who had arrived in England on the back of a three-Twenty20 series with Australia, beat an undercooked India comfortably in Taunton ahead of the tournament.

Though India eased into the semis with two wins – its sole defeat was to favourite England – Mithali knows that its batting has been shaky and has relied on individual performances such as Anjum Chopra’s 37 not out against Pakistan, and her own unbeaten 32 against Sri Lanka.

ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court of Pakistan reserved the verdict in plane hijacking conspiracy case on Thursday.

Prosecutor-General Sindh Shahadat Awan told the court Nawaz Sharif was rightly convicted by the trial court; thus, his appeal was liable to be dismissed.

He contended the petition was time-barred, as according to the SC rules, an appeal had to be filed before a proper forum after the announcement of the judgment within a month.

The prosecutor-general, however, said the petition could be condoned if the court was satisfied with the cause of delay in filing the appeal. The apex court has reserved the decision at the end of prosecutor general argument.

The Sindh government on Wednesday requested the Supreme Court to dismiss the appeal of Pakistan Muslim League-N chief Mian Nawaz Sharif against his conviction in the case.


SANA: Yemeni authorities have arrested the financier of Al-Qaeda operations in the country and in neighbouring Saudi Arabia, an official said Sunday.

“The arrested man is named Hassan Hussein bin Alwan, a Saudi national, and he is the financier for attacks launched by Al-Qaeda organisation in Yemen and Saudi Arabia.

“He is considered one of the most dangerous members of Al-Qaeda,” he added.

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